Hakuba is a small village surrounded by the stunning mountains of the North Alps. The resorts that feed into the Hakuba village area all have their own individual style, multi-resort and single resort lift passes are both available. Resorts within the Hakuba village area. Hakuba’s Happo One hosted the men’s downhill and super giant slalom as well as the ski jump and nordic combined events. Its high elevation and vertical rise make it the steepest of Japan’s resorts.
The best way to get around the Valley is with the inter-resort shuttle. The shuttles are free for those with the Hakuba Valley Lift Pass and cost ¥500 per ride for those without the pass. Be sure to check the time and locations of the schedule as there are dozens of stops across a handful of different bus lines.Bus Schedule
Happo-One is the largest and most popular resort in the Hakuba Valley having served as the host for the 1998 Olympics and the Free Ride World Tour. Happo boasts 1701 meters of vertical drop and has a steep pitch making it best suited for intermediate and advanced skiers.
Iwatake has great views, consistent snow, good tree skiing as well as some nice beginner runs and is more protected on those stormy days. Iwatake is less crowded and is a fantastic resort for intermediate skiers and boarders. When people flock to Cortina for tree skiing on those powder days it leaves Iwatake quiet with comparable tree lines available.
Tsugaike Kogen is a beginners paradise with wide cruisey greens on the lower level and a a green course that runs from the top of the resort to the base. Several multilingual ski schools operate out of Tsugaike and there are play areas and a day care for the children. More advanced riders can enjoy the lift accessed tree runs, the TG Park, and the Tsugaike backcountry.
Hakuba 47 is a popular option for the entire family with a great mix of terrain for every level ability. The resort is connected to neighboring Goryu Resort at the top via the gondola and shares a common lift ticket.
Goryu offers a variety of terrain options (especially considering the connection with Hakuba 47) and Goryu itself is especially well suited for beginners and intermediates. The lower level of Goryu (The Toomi Zone) is very gentle and likewise the Iimori section is perfect for finding your ski legs. Intermediates will enjoy the Alps-Diara Zone.
Cortina is famous among Japan snow lovers as Hakuba’s powder capital. The resort receives up to twice as much snow as other resorts and has some of Japan’s premiere tree skiing.
Norikura Ski Resort is located to the north of Hakuba Village and is conntected with Cortina and can be accessed with a common lift ticket. Many people head to Cortina and overlook Norikura which makes it a great place to get away from the crowds.
Sanosaka Resort offers stunning views of Lake Aoki and is perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers and riders. The resort is generally less crowded than more centrally located ski areas and is thus a great place to improve your skills. This resort is dog friendly and you can even bring our furry friend on the slopes with you.
Jiigatake is a small resort on the southern end of The Hakuba Valley resorts. The 7 runs here are gentle and wide and perfect for beginners and young children alike. This resort does not draw the crowds seen at other resorts in the valley so you can practice your turns in peace.
Kashimayari Resort is the second southern most resort on the Hakuba Valley Lift Ticket and is an excellent choice for avoiding the crowds at larger resorts such as Happo One. The resort has a distinctly Japanese feel and caters primarily to the Japanese ski community.
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